Track of the Week: “Summer Skin,” by Death Cab for Cutie
June 8, 2011 3 Comments
The Weather Channel’s website says it’s going to feel like 103° today. When I read that, two things came to mind. The first thing that popped in my mind, of course, was “Holy cannolis that’s hot!” Secondly, I thought of “Summer Skin” by Death Cab for Cutie.
In exemplary Death Cab for Cutie form, this song features layers of instruments performing simple but effective parts. The tapestry of the parts is expertly woven to create a mournful, hazy summertime vignette about love gained and lost with the change of the seasons.
The snare drum sizzles like baking asphalt. The lo-fi synth pad howls like boiling water. The piano’s abbreviated phrasing sounds like the sob-stifled ramblings of a heartbroken lover. Every part was written to exude summer’s heat and sorrowful reminiscence.
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